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VCEDC Leads Broadband Initiative for Economic Development

Improved broadband coverage is critical for a robust tourism industry and to diversify and grow Vilas County’s economy to attract entrepreneurs, remote workers, and expanding business.

Do you have a home or office in Vilas County? We need your input!

Improved broadband is essential for a robust tourism industry and to diversify and grow Vilas County’s economy to attract entrepreneurs, remote workers, and expanding businesses.

To evolve and strengthen Vilas County’s economy, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) is focused on making Vilas County a broadband destination by working with the municipalities, Lac du Flambeau Tribe, Internet Service Providers, and County leadership to provide education, leadership, planning, support, and networking.

The VCEDC Broadband Workgroup is pleased to launch a county-wide survey to help us develop a detailed map of accurate broadband availability and coverage. This map will be used as a baseline to identify areas where broadband needs to be improved, provide accurate data for future grant applications and track progress of availability over time.

What kinds of information are we looking for?

  • Do you have internet, and if so, what are your speeds?
  • Do you have internet but it is not installed?
  • Are you a resident or seasonal homeowner?
  • What town do you reside in?

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please share this survey with your colleagues, friends and family who reside in Vilas County.

Thank you!

Take Our Broadband Survey

Vilas County EDC Broadband in the News

December 15, 2020

Vilas County News Review

Economic Leaders Have High Hopes For 2021

December 15, 2020

The Lakeland Times

VCEDC Broadband Efforts 'Really Involved'

September 25, 2020

The Lakeland Times

Vilas County Board Hears 'Rural Rebound Presentation'

September 22, 2020

WXPR Radio

Vilas County Benefiting from ‘Brain Gain of Rural America’

September 17, 2020

WXPR Radio

With Broadband Comes Growth: Digital Infrastructure Spurs Company in Vilas Co.

Meet The VCEDC Broadband Workgroup

The VCEDC Broadband Workgroup leading the broadband initiative includes VCEDC Board Chairman Jim Tuckwell; VCEDC Board Member & President, Loss Mitigation Solutions, Bill Niemuth; VCEDC Executive Director Kathy Schmitz; VCEDC professional volunteers Jonathan Sharp, Software Engineer (and remote worker) for Nvidia; and, Vilas County IT Director Mike Duening.

Each of these individuals is assigned as a “Broadband Buddy” to the Vilas County towns and the Lac du Flambeau tribe, to ensure ongoing two-way communication and support for the towns as we work to help them develop their strategic plans:

Bob Egan

Kathy Schmitz

Plum Lake

Bill Niemuth

Bill Niemuth

Boulder Junction
Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle
Land O' Lakes

Jim Tuckwell

Jim Tuckwell

Lac du Flambeau
Arbor Vitae
St. Germain

Jonathan Sharp

Jonathan Sharp


Mike Duening

Eagle River

Meetings Calendar

Featured Meeting

May 11, 2021 – 6PM to 7PM – VCEDC will sponsor a webinar with Charter Communications (winner of about 70% of the RDOF Phase 1 auction in Vilas County). Charter, like LTD, is getting spun up and ready for enormous expansion. They will tell us what they know at this point.

All Meetings

May 18, 2021 – 6 PM to 7 PM – Webinar Debrief with Town Leadership
May 11, 2021 – 6 PM to 7 PM – Webinar with Charter Communications
April 27, 2021 – 6 PM to 7 PM – Webinar with LTD Broadband
April 20, 2021 – 12 PM to 1 PM – VCEDC Remote Worker Virtual Meet-Up – Spring 2021

Blog Posts From The VCEDC

November 9, 2021

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Selected to Participate in Broadband Discussion

VCEDC is selected to participate in the Broadband for Everyone Facebook Live panel discussion

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November 7, 2021

Rural Broadband Live Event Nov 9

Broadband for Everyone. What will it take? Rural communities and underserved areas of cities both need affordable, reliable high-speed internet service.

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August 16, 2021

VCEDC Broadband Professional Volunteer, Jonathan Sharp Featured in Milwaukee Journal

VCEDC Broadband Professional Volunteer, Jonathan Sharp, featured on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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June 9, 2021

Random List of Available Free WiFi

A random list of area businesses in Eagle River that we have learned provide free WiFi.

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May 27, 2021

Starlink Public Beta in Vilas County

This information was compiled in February 2021 by Jonathan Sharp (VCEDC Broadband Committee member) who has been using Starlink since November 2020 and is based on his experience using it full time while working remotely.

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February 25, 2021

Understanding Broadband

Broadband. This is the most crucial aspect of remote working. For many jobs, productivity and progress are directly tied to the availability and reliability of broadband. The ability to access broadband is the most important part of a remote workers “commute.”

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Vilas County Broadband Resources

Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Broadband Expansion Grants and Resources
Broadband Now – Great resource for all things Broadband
Federal Communications Commission – Connect America Fund (CAF)
Remoters.Net – Information for Remote Working Professionals
USDA Reconnect Pilot Program – CAF III
Broadband USA Funding Opportunities – A database of Available Funds

Available Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Vilas County

Astrea Connect





Frontier Communications

Gogebic Range







Do you live or work in Vilas County?

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